San Francisco Bay Area artist Michael Chamberlain understands how to focus on the essentials, never letting himself get bogged down in distracting detail. The result is work that seems fresh, airy, and beautifully coherent, no matter how overwhelmingly complex the actual subject may have been.
Here are Michael's two choices for favorites of 2013, along with some words about an interesting project he was involved in over the summer:
Cafe at Dusk oil on masonite 12"x12" 2013
Shadows on Jones oil on canvas 20"x12" 2013
These paintings evolved out of a show I participated in this summer. The show was called "50/50" and the idea was to paint fifty small paintings in fifty days. We had to choose a theme and I chose San Francisco street scenes. I've always loved cityscapes but found them overwhelming to paint. I figured if I committed to painting fifty small city paintings I'd be forced to overcome the challenge. After finishing the fifty paintings for the show I decided to see if I could scale them up to a larger size. "Shadows on Jones" and "Cafe at Dusk" are my favorites of the larger paintings.You can see more of Michael Chamberlain's work by visiting his blog, his website, and by reading last year's post about his favorites of 2012.